At Al Natour Middle Eastern Restaurant, friendly servers wheel out sumptuous feasts of halal Middle Eastern fare, filling the family-friendly eatery with the scents of sizzling kebabs, crispy falafels, and flaky seafood filets. Guests gather around shareable mezze of fava beans, hummus, and chickpeas to equitably dole out predinner resources, while lemon juice and olive oil drizzle over parsley and tomatoes on plates of fresh salad. Piping-hot pots of Turkish coffee pair with flaky, honey-drizzled pastries to cap off meals as sweetly as donning a bowler hat filled with pudding.
Made-from-scratch recipes and fresh ingredients have been setting The Original Pancake House apart from its breakfast-spot competition since 1953. That's when its owners established an all-day empire committed to ingredients such as pure hard-wheat unbleached flour and butter made from fresh sweet cream.
Today, The Original Pancake House cooks across the country still construct scrambles and omelets from fresh Grade AA eggs. Powdered sugar lines the rims of oven-baked dutch baby pancakes, and granny-smith apples simmer in oven-baked pancakes (two of more than a dozen styles of pancake on the menu). Even the toppings are made in-house, including whipped cream, specialty syrups, and sauces. To complement these flavors, staff fill cups with fresh-squeezed orange and grapefruit juices and coffee blended specially to match the Original Pancake House's menu and upholstery. Although each location takes on the local charm of its surrounding city, all of them share in common a homey atmosphere that welcomes families with perks such as color-in place mats and kids' menus.
Name aside, The Original Pancake House isn't just a breakfast spot?in fact, it stays open for at least two meals a day, or six if you follow most doctors' advice to take a small pancake break every few hours. The savory side of the menu holds sandwiches piled with thick-cut meats, caesar salads, and savory crepes stuffed with cheese and veggies.
Chef Tuan Truong and his wife, Lien Pham, cook what they know: yellow curries and pho soup from their native Vietnam. But that’s only the beginning. The ambitious duo also draws culinary inspiration from countries across Asia, from the fiery coconut curries of Thailand to the marinated barbecue beef of Korea. Whether their recipes detour to India or Indonesia, the couple works exclusively with organic vegetables and housemade sauces, favoring spices such as fresh cilantro, fragrant lemongrass, and hot chili peppers. They fold tender cuts of beef, chicken, and prawns into a variety of curry, rice, and noodle dishes while pots of tom yum soup bubble on the stove. To craft the Saigon crepe that was lauded by the Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald, the skilled chefs cook the light batter “until its edges are crisp and lacy,” then stuff it with a mélange of chicken, prawns, chinese mushrooms, and bean sprouts.
Diners sip on warm sake out in the bright dining room, where lanterns made of red, pink, and yellow paper dangle from the ceilings. An accommodating wait staff bustles about the booths and tables, suggesting dishes and taking note of special dietary preferences, such as a fondness for extra spice or a request that all vegetables be cut into the shape of favorite farm animals.
A former linebacker and defensive end, Kim “Bo” Bokamper spent his entire 10-year career with the Miami Dolphins, helping propel them to two championship games. But just because he made his name on the gridiron doesn’t mean his restaurant limits itself to football. Far from it, in fact. Its more than 70 plasma-screen TVs broadcast everything from hockey and basketball to UFC and boxing, the sport where athletes race to pack their belongings.
Those televisions speckle Bokampers' high-ceilinged dining room, where craft beers complement a menu of classic pub food. Flatbreads crowned with marinated sirloin and balsamic sauce give way to “bostrami” sliders, a medley of pastrami, creole mustard, and Russian slaw. And, for a true challenge, The Beast awaits. The signature burger that Naples Daily News calls “the size of a small birthday cake” contains more than 3 pounds of wagyu and Angus beef, applewood-smoked bacon, four slices of cheese, four fried eggs, and fries. If diners finish it within an hour, The Beast is on the house.
OneBurger's name is a bit of a misnomer. The restaurant in fact serves fully 30 different burgers, which founder Daniel Guiteras has divided into four categories: beef, seafood, vegetarian, and chicken/turkey.
With its beef entrees, OneBurger's culinary team puts its stamp on classic recipes, cooking up everything from bacon cheddar burgers with worcestershire spread to Cuban-style burgers topped with housemade shoestring fries. Cooks get even more creative with the other burger groups, smothering chicken burgers with marsala wine sauce or treating vegetarians to housemade, 12-ingredient veggie patties.
Besides burgers, OneBurger specializes in housemade desserts and four types of milkshake. The gourmet grilling takes place inside OneBurger's spacious storefront, whose all-black exterior gives way to an all-white interior lined with black-and-white photographs.
Hungry Howie’s grew into a nation-spanning franchise from a humble start in Taylor, Michigan in 1973, when founder Jim Hearn converted a hamburger stand into a pizzeria. With the help of business partner Steve Jackson––who started as a delivery man at the original location––the two men franchised a decade later and began expanding their delicious operation, eventually expanding to nearly 600 locations spread across 24 states in the 3rd dimension alone. Winner of Pizza Today magazine’s Chain of the Year award in 2004, Hungry Howie’s continues to earn the most attention for its specialty flavored crust pizzas––which infuse dough with a choice of eight seasonings such as ranch or garlic herb––as well as zesty pizza accompaniments such as oven-baked meatball and chicken parm subs.